Ways to Save
 
 

Save on Care

Shop for Care Just Like You Shop for Other Services

You can shop for medical services just like you would for anything else. The same service can cost drastically different amounts depending on the provider. The best way to save on your health care is to shop for services using our Treatment Cost Estimator and Provider Search Tool. The tool can not only show you the cost of a specific procedure, but also provide you with a timeline of care so you know what to expect throughout the entire scope of a treatment—from diagnostic tests to medications and recovery, you see the big picture.

Note: Cigna Healthy Rewards is a discount program, NOT insurance. This program is separate from your medical benefits. You are required to pay the entire discounted charge directly to participating providers. Providers are solely responsible for any services provided. Programs are subject to change and may be discontinued at any time.

Personalized with Your Information

The tool is personalized to you and your plan benefits. So you’ll see your actual out-of-pocket costs, which makes it easier to spot ways to save.

Login to mytuftshealthplan.com, and select Doctor Search to get started.

You can also:

  • Compare providers and facilities based on costs. Accessing this type of information can empower confident, value-driven decisions—all in one place.
  • Compare provider and facility profiles, including credentials and network and hospital affiliations.

Share this information with your doctor for a good conversation about your care, what it costs—and where you can save money.

*Does not apply to Carelink members searching for care outside of MA/RI/NH.

Cost-Saving Alternatives to the Emergency Room

When you have a life-threatening situation—a true emergency—go directly to the Emergency Room. But what about other less-serious health issues, like muscle sprains and strains, sore throat, sinus infections, and allergies? Using the ER for these kinds of things can involve long wait times—and quite a shock when you get the bill.

Keep in mind that you can see a medical professional in other treatment settings that are more convenient and cost less.

Here are some cost-saving alternatives:

  • Consider a telehealth doctor visit* – we give you 24/7 access to U.S. board-certified doctors through the convenience of phone, video or mobile app visits. Log in or register from your computer. or get the Teladoc app from the Apple Store or Google Play. In a few simple steps you can set up an appointment to talk to a doctor—usually within 10 minutes. It costs the same as a visit to your Primary Care Provider.
  • Go to an urgent care center—Staffed by qualified doctors, urgent care centers are an excellent choice when you have a non-life-threatening issue and can’t get to your regular doctor.
  • Visit a retail clinic (such as CVS MinuteClinic)—Staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, retail clinics are an ideal option when you need routine, non-urgent care.

*Ask your employer if your plan benefits include Telehealth.

Use Freestanding Facilities

Some care can be less expensive if you use facilities that are specifically designed to perform certain procedures or services. If you choose to have these services in a hospital, or a hospital-affiliated medical facility, you will likely pay more out-of-pocket than if you receive them in a non-hospital setting.

Day Surgery

  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Cataract Surgery

High Tech Imaging*

  • MRIs
  • Computer Tomography Scans (CT)
  • PET Scans
  • Nuclear Radiology

*This is not the full list of high-tech imaging services - check your Benefit Document for the full list. High-tech imaging requires prior authorization, and may require a copayment depending on your plan. If you aren’t sure, please check your Benefit Document.

Get Preventive Care

A small investment of your time now could help you stay healthy in the years ahead. Preventive care includes periodic checkups, tests and screenings. And these services are free. The preventive care you need depends on your age, gender, family history, and any risk factors you may have.

Make an appointment with your doctor to get the care you need.

Save on Your Prescriptions - Use Your Mail Order Pharmacy Benefit

You can get a 90-day supply of maintenance medications (those you take regularly) delivered conveniently through the mail, and you’ll only have two 30-day co-payments rather than three.

Refills are easy. Order them 24 hours a day online, by phone, or by mail.

Note: We don’t recommend that you use mail order for medications that:

  • You take for short-term medical conditions
  • Have quantity limitations
  • Are part of our Special Designated Pharmacy Program

Save with Member Discounts

CareLink plan members have access to discounts through Tufts Health Plan and the Cigna Healthy Rewards® program.* Learn more about your Healthy Rewards.

Vision Discounts

Receive discounts on vision correction services and eyewear from EyeMed participating providers.

Your plan includes access to the EyeMed Vision Care network, which features more than 24,000 eye care providers that can offer discounts on prescription glasses, contact lenses, LASIK surgery and more.

Fitness + Exercise

Now you can save on more things than ever to keep you active and feeling your best—from fitness club memberships and exercise equipment to race registrations and online workouts. It’s all available through the International Fitness Club Network (IFCN). To learn more or to find a participating fitness center, go to preventure.com/ifcn-tufts. Just use the password “Fit4You” to log in and receive:

  • Discounts at more than 14,000 fitness clubs across the U.S.
  • Free one- week trials so you can try out a club before joining
  • Discounts on home gym equipment
  • Discounts on New England road races and other fitness events

Nutrition + Weight Management

  • DASH for Health
  • Jenny Craig®
  • Nutritional Counseling

Quitting Smoking

Freedom From Smoking® is a program offered by the American Lung Association. It’s a proven way to quit smoking—and stay quit—even if you’ve tried before and went back to smoking.

Smokefree.gov was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. It provides free, accurate, up to date information and professional help to support your immediate and long-term needs to quit smoking.

Also available to our members in MA + RI:

  • Tobacco cessation helplines
  • Coverage for smoking cessation counseling services
  • Coverage for prescription smoking cessation medications
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) smoking cessation products

You can find the full list of Tufts Health Plan member discounts on tuftshealthplan.com.